35 Main Dish Casserole Recipes That Make Dinnertime So Easy
What would dinnertime in the South be without trusty casserole recipes? They’re easy, kid-friendly, and you can usually find a spare casserole stored in the freezer for the most hectic weeknights. Although we love classic side dish casseroles for cookouts and holidays, main dish recipes are more useful for weeknight dinners. When you don’t have the time to prep a main dish and several sides at dinnertime (which, who does these days?), these ideas get it all done for you. You won’t hear an ounce of resistance from the kids when they see enchiladas, pizza casserole, or barbecue mac and cheese on the table. And they’ll have no idea that we lightened up classic comfort food recipes like lasagna and tuna noodle casserole with healthier versions. With these main dish casserole recipes, you can put a satisfying dinner on the table in one dish.
Put a Satisfying Dinner on the Table, All in One Dish!
Recipe: Meatloaf Casserole
This Southern take on classic Shepherd’s Pie includes a creamy mashed potato topping for a complete meal in one dish.
Recipe: Zucchini Lasagna
Meatless Monday doesn’t have to lack comfort. This summery lasagna recipe is filling and fresh.
Ham and Noodle Casserole
Recipe: Ham and Noodle Casserole
This is the perfect easy casserole to throw together with whatever you have on hand during busy weeks.
Recipe: Pizza Casserole
Pizza night just got a dose of Southern comfort with this kid-friendly casserole.
Skillet Pot Pie with Chicken and Spring Vegetables
This one-dish casserole has everything you crave about classic chicken pot pie in less time thanks to puff pastry.
Recipe: Smothered Enchiladas
With just 10 minutes of hands-on time, these creamy enchiladas are the quickest and easiest way to feed a hungry crowd.
Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Recipe: Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
This super-cozy ground beef casserole can be made up to one month in advance and kept in the freezer for your busiest nights.
Chicken Casserole D'Iberville
Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole
Recipe: Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole
Kentucky’s favorite sandwich gets big-batch treatment with this casserole that uses tender, slow-cooked turkey.
Recipe: Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake
This casserole recipe has everything we love about pasta salad in a cozy, warm dish.
French Onion Soup Casserole
King Ranch Chicken Casserole
Recipe: King Ranch Chicken Casserole
King Ranch Chicken truly reigns supreme when it comes to crowd-pleasing Southern casseroles.
Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Recipe: Shrimp and Grits Casserole
This big-batch version of classic shrimp and grits can be enjoyed from brunch to dinner.
Gnocchi Gratin with Ham and Peas
Recipe: Gnocchi Gratin with Ham and Peas
This simple gratin is a nice diversion from noodle-and rice-based casseroles.
Every Southern cook has an old-school poppyseed casserole recipe in his or her repertoire, and this one is one of our all-time best.
New Tuna Casserole
Recipe: New Tuna Casserole
Our updated version of Mama’s classic tuna-noodle casserole is lightened up on calories but not flavor.
Recipe: Chicken-Mushroom-Sage Casserole
There’s nothing we love more than a chicken casserole, but they get a weeknight-meal reputation. This pretty recipe is company-worthy for your easiest dinner party ever.
Sloppy Joe Casserole
Recipe: Sloppy Joe Casserole
Sloppy Joes are a guaranteed hit with the kids, but they’re, well, sloppy. This one-dish dinner solves the messiness issue without slacking in the kid-friendly department.
Skillet Enchiladas Suizas
Recipe: Skillet Enchiladas Suizas
No filling or rolling required! Our easiest enchilada recipe ever is a fun way to switch up your dinner routine.
Healthy Turkey Lasagna
Recipe: Healthy Turkey Lasagna
The kids will be excited it’s lasagna night, and they’ll have no idea this version is lightened up from traditional recipes.
Cheesy Chili Hash Brown Bake
Recipe: Cheesy Chili Hash Brown Bake
Hectic week? You can still get a homemade dinner on the table with this five-ingredient recipe.
Skillet Vegetable Pie with Goat Cheese
Recipe: Skillet Vegetable Pie
File this phyllo-crusted pie under “hearty and satisfying meatless meals.”
Tomato ‘n’ Beef Casserole With Polenta Crust
Ground beef is a foolproof staple for weeknight dinners, especially when baked into a cheesy casserole.
Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Recipe: Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Store-bought sauce and rotisserie chicken speed up this incredibly comforting casserole recipe.
Reunion Pea Casserole
Recipe: Reunion Pea Casserole
Tell the family to bring their appetites: This Mama-approved casserole is filled to the brim.
Recipe: Italian Casserole
This recipe from our November 1990 issue has been saving us at dinnertime for decades.
Cajun Shrimp Casserole
Recipe: Cajun Shrimp Casserole
This hearty seafood casserole is perfect for a cozy summer night in.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Recipe: Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
If you don’t have a recipe for this Southern staple, go ahead and save this one.
Barbecue Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Barbecue Mac and Cheese
This super-Southern recipe combines two comfort food favorites—mac and cheese and barbecue.
Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables
Need to use up your fresh farmers’ market haul but way more in the mood for a big plate of pasta? We’ve got your back.
Huevos Rancheros Bake
Recipe: Huevos Rancheros Bake
Hosting weekend brunch or craving breakfast for dinner? This skillet bake will be a definite hit.
Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
Recipe: Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
You might not believe kale could be considered a comfort food, but if you try this recipe, you’ll be convinced.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Biscuit Cobbler
“Cobbler” doesn’t always mean fruity and sweet—this savory, biscuit-topped casserole is one of our favorite uses of the word.
Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli
Recipe: Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli
This skillet supper is a new favorite in our weeknight roundup.